Total number of murders in the United States in 2013, by state

This graph displays the number of murders in the United States by state. In 2012, the number of murders in Alaska amounted to 29 victims.

The ranking of the most dangerous cities in the world based on murder rate per capita can be accessed here.

Murder in the United States

Violent crime statistics, particularly murder and homicide data, provide key insights into law enforcement in the United States and inform national debate surrounding crime policies.

There were a total of 14,827 reported murder and non-negligent manslaughter cases in the U.S. in 2012. Although the number of cases has declined in the past twenty years, when viewed in international comparison, the U.S. murder rate is still high. In 2012, Germany’s murder rate stood at 0.8, compared to 4.7 in the United States.

The most dangerous U.S. state in 2012, if measured by the number of murders per hundred thousand inhabitants, was Louisiana. The murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate in Louisiana came to 10.8 that year, more than twice the national average. The least dangerous state in 2012, on the other hand, was New Hampshire, with a murder rate of 1.1.

Murder, homicide and violent crime statistics regularly influence America’s current political debate on gun law. Under the Second Amendment, U.S. citizens are entitled to own and carry firearms, though gun control and regulation laws are hotly contested. The amount of firearms in circulation in the U.S. is fairly high, when compared with European countries. About 45 percent of American households have a gun in their home.

Though any causal connection between firearm circulation and homicide rate is purely speculative, murder by firearm is nonetheless high. About 60 percent of murders and non-negligent manslaughter cases in the U.S. were carried out using a firearm, including handguns, rifles, and shotguns. This number sums up to 8,855 murders by firearm.

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 Number of murder victims
California 1,745
Texas 1,133
New York 648
Michigan 625
Pennsylvania 594
Georgia 534
Louisiana 453
North Carolina 452
Ohio 434
Illinois 433
New Jersey 401
Maryland 379
Missouri 371
Tennessee 327
Virginia 315
Indiana 311
Arizona 304
South Carolina 296
Oklahoma 191
Colorado 174
Kentucky 165
Wisconsin 157
Nevada 157
Washington 155
Arkansas 154
Mississippi 142
Massachusetts 135
Kansas 112
Minnesota 110
New Mexico 106
District of Columbia 103
Connecticut 86
Oregon 78
Nebraska 57
West Virginia 54
Utah 49
Iowa 42
Delaware 39
Alaska 34
Rhode Island 31
Idaho 26
Maine 24
New Hampshire 21
Wyoming 15
Montana 15
Wyoming 14
South Dakota 12
North Dakota 11
Hawaii 9
Vermont 9
Alabama 2
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